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By Noah Levine

Buddha was once a progressive. His perform used to be subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened perspective went opposed to the norms of his day—in his phrases, "against the stream." His teachings replaced the area, and now they could switch you too.

Presenting the fundamentals of Buddhism with own anecdotes, routines, and guided meditations, bestselling writer Noah Levine publications the reader alongside a religious course that has ended in freedom from ache and has stored lives for 2,500 years. Levine should still understand. Buddhist meditation kept him from a lifetime of habit and crime. He went directly to assistance and educate numerous others the Buddhist method to freedom, and the following he stocks these life-changing classes with you. learn and wake up to a brand new and higher existence.

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Every single experience has a feeling tone to it—a quality of pleasantness, unpleasantness, or neutrality that we can perceive when we are mindful. An awareness of the experience and its pleasant or unpleasant tone is essential if we are to progress on the path to freedom. Our habitual reaction to pleasurable experiences is to cling to them, while our habitual reaction to unpleasant experiences is to resist or push them away. Clinging and aversion are the cause of most of the suffering we create for ourselves, and the subtle roots of all greed and hatred.

Wanting something is not a problem, but having to have something is—it’s a setup for disappointment. Intention plays a central role in the spiritual life. It is that from which volitional actions come—the actions that are at the heart of karma, which literally means action. Most of us have a misunderstanding of karma: we think that it refers to the result. ” Actually, karma is action itself. The result is the karmic fruit. And that karmic fruit—the aga inst the st re a m 30 outcome of an action—comes from our intention, not the act itself.

Some of the simple ways to work with sleepiness during meditation are to keep an erect posture, to stand rather than sit, to do some walking meditation, or to wash the face with cold water. If you are plagued by sleepiness, it is important to understand that this is normal; it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you or your practice. It is just a phase that will surely pass. Seeing it clearly as part of the path should help remove the judgment and offer the willingness to persevere.

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